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Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography

Edited By Fetaui Iosefo, Stacy Holman Jones, Anne Harris Copyright 2021
    238 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography is the first critical autoethnography compilation from the global south, bringing together indigenous, non-indigenous, Pasifika, and other diverse voices which expand established understandings of autoethnography as a critical, creative methodology. The book centres around the traditional practice of ‘wayfinding’ as a Pacific indigenous way of being and knowing, and this volume manifests traditional knowledges, genealogies, and intercultural activist voices through critical autoethnography.

    The chapters in the collection reflect critical autoethnographic journeys that explore key issues such as space/place belonging, decolonizing the academy, institutional racism, neoliberalism, gender inequity, activism, and education reform. This book will be a valuable teaching and research resource for researchers and students in a wide range of disciplines and contexts. For those interested in expanding their cultural, personal, and scholarly knowledge of the global south, this volume foregrounds the vast array of traditional knowledges and the ways in which they are changing academic spaces and knowledge creation through braiding old and new.

    This volume is unique and timely in its ability to highlight the ways in which indigenous and allied voices from the diverse global south demonstrate the ways in which the onto-epistemologies of diverse cultures, and the work of critical autoethnography, function as parallel, and mutually informing, projects.

    Preface: Stars and stones in Aotearoa, Tami Spry. Introduction: Critical Autoethnography and/as Wayfinding in the Global South, Fetaui Iosefo, Anne Harris and Stacy Holman Jones. Section 1: Wayfaring and wayfinding indigeneity in the academy. Chapter 1: Wayfinding as Pasifika, Indigenous and critical autoethnographic knowledge, Fetaui Iosefo, Anne Harris, and Stacy Holman Jones. Chapter 2: Wayfinding Kurahuna, Haami Hawkins. Chapter 3: Wayfinding with aiga (family) - Aiga saili manuia: Family in (re)search of peace, Fetaui Iosefo & Aiga ethics komiti. Chapter 4: Wayfinding and decolonising time: Talanoa, activism, and critical autoethnography, Katarina Tuinamuana and Joanne Yoo. Chapter 5: Critical autoethnographic encounters in the moana: Wayfinding the intersections of to’utangata Tonga and indigenous masculinities, David Fa’avae. Section 2: Wayfinding and way-fairness in the digital age. Chapter 6: The crooked room: Intersectional tap dancing, academic performing, and negotiating black, woman, immigrant, Denise Chapman. Chapter 7: The neighbourhood(s) inside me: Telling stories of (un)belonging, (im)mobility, temporality and places, Ann-Charlotte Palmgren. Chapter 8: Oceania resistance: Digital autoethnography in the Marianas Archipelago, Sylvia C. Frain. Chapter 9: Uncovering a performative black feminist wayfinding, Nicole M. Brown and Lisa Fay. Section 3: Wayfinding in the liminal spaces. Chapter 10: Almost always clouds: stitching a map of belonging, Christine Rogers. Chapter 11: The North Star & the Southern Cross, Julie Brien. Chapter 12: Retracing the footprints of a family of teacher wayfinders, Christine Hatton. Chapter 13: Poet tree: A poetic exploration of an immigrant’s journey, Ying (Ingrid) Wang


    Fetaui Iosefo is the daughter of Sua Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope. She is a Professional Teaching Fellow and doctoral candidate in Critical Studies at the University of Auckland at the Manukau campus, New Zealand.

    Stacy Holman Jones is Professor and Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses broadly on performance as socially, culturally, and politically resistive and transformative activity. She specializes in critical qualitative methods, particularly critical autoethnography and critical and feminist theory.

    Anne Harris is Associate Professor, Principal Research Fellow (RMIT University), and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Anne writes and researches in the areas of critical autoethnography, education, gender, creativity, and creative methods. Anne is the Director of Creative Agency (www.creativeresearchhub.com).

     "This collection of essay is like the lantana, the wayfaring tree, traveling, reaching deep into fertile soil, each chapter a branch wayfinding its way into blossoms."-Ronald J. Pelias, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, USA

    "By centering the global South and indigenous epistemologies this collection offers an important contribution and intervention in critical autoethnographic studies."-Robin M. Boylorn, Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Department of Communication Studies, The University of Alabama

    "Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography charts new directions for critical autoethnographers through rigorous, innovative and emotionally rich texts rooted in geo-cultural perspectives and knowledges. The collection demonstrates that the global south has something to say about critical autoethnography and it’s high time we listened."-Durell M. Callier, Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies and Curriculum, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University. Co-author, Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body